Category Archives: Center Store

Total monthly coverage of the center store departments, including: beverages, nonedible grocery, dry grocery and frozens. In the Aisles contains brief items of interest to our center store readership.

Beers’ fighting spirit(s)

Beer companies have ramped up their efforts with new products, increased promotion and creative packaging to help retailers lift beer sales. As if the … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 05 Article Archives, Center Store

Nutrition on ice

Frozen fruit and vegetables offer healthy sales opportunities for retailers. Continue reading

Posted in 2012 05 Article Archives, Center Store

Liquid gold rush

A bright sheen is being brought to the cooking oil category from new varieties and brands. There is a gusher in the grocery department. … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 04 Article Archives, Center Store

The spices of life

The growing popularity of ethnic cuisine and the trend toward healthier eating has led to increased spice and seasoning sales. Continue reading

Posted in 2012 03 Article Archives, Center Store

International frozen food court

Broadening consumer tastes and new products are helping to transform the frozen food case into a virtual United Nations of ethnic flavors. Continue reading

Posted in 2012 02 Article Archives, Center Store

Flavorful brews

Mainstream beers have been losing market share for several years now as consumers switch to wines and spirits, but malt beverages in flavors like cola, lemonade and iced tea, along with related products like hard cider, continue to build steam. Continue reading

Posted in 2012 02 Article Archives, Center Store

Hot times for frozen foods

While grocers’ fresh sections may be the sexy place to shop, consumers seem to be flocking to the frozen food aisle in search of convenience and value. Continue reading

Posted in 2012 01 Article Archives, Center Store

Hop to it!

The Easter Bunny who is foretelling an early spring this year. And by doing so he is throwing a monkey wrench into retailers’ efforts to top April same-store sales by drastically shortening the 2012 Easter selling season. Continue reading

Posted in 2012 01 Article Archives, Center Store

Fitness in the food bowl

Pet foods and treats that offer nutritional value continue to be favorites among consumers. By Craig Levitt There is an old wives’ tale that … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 12 Article Archives, Center Store

Slam Dunkin’

New varieties, better-for-you offerings and line extensions of old favorites are making a splash in the cookies and crackers aisle. There is no unemployment … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 11 Article Archives, Center Store

New spin cycle

More scents, formulations and a renewed emphasis on sustainability are transforming the detergent and household cleaner aisle. By Richard Turcsik Want to keep your … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 10 Article Archives, Center Store

Quenching a thirst for sales

Beverage sales appear to be back on track Following two off years. By Craig Levitt Retailers can lead consumers to the beverage aisle, but … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 09 Article Archives, Center Store

The pies have it

By offering convenience and quality that rival restaurants, at a fraction of the price, frozen pizza delivers strong sales and profits. By Richard Turcsik … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 09 Article Archives, Center Store

Paper sales on a tear

Innovative new products, improved private label, environmental awareness and aggressive pricing are helping to grow the paper category. By Richard Turcsik The big news … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 09 Article Archives, Center Store

Spicing up soup sales

Manufacturers are looking to ethnic flavors, packaging enhancements and healthier offerings to invigorate soup sales. By Craig Levitt Soup sales are, to be blunt, … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 07 Article Archives, Center Store

Getting on the brand wagon

Despite private label pressure, national brands continue to influence the supermarket landscape. By Craig Levitt To paraphrase Mark Twain, the demise of national CPG … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 08 Article Archives, Center Store

Capitol investment

The upcoming Summer Fancy Food Show brings a change in venue and a chance for retailers to scope out the latest gourmet products to … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 07 Article Archives, Center Store

Sticky & sweet

From health-conscious chocolate bars to salty energy snacks, there was something for everyone at the 2011 Sweets & Snacks Expo. By Elizabeth Louise Hatt … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 07 Article Archives, Center Store

A perfect match

Consumers continue to flock to the pasta and pasta sauce aisle, looking for nutritious ways to feed their families while sticking to their budgets. … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 06 Article Archives, Center Store

Jumpin’ Joe

Coffee sales continue to percolate, thanks to new products that deliver coffee shop quality at a fraction of the price. By Richard Turcsik Long … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 05 Article Archives, Center Store

Battle plans

Conventional supermarkets have to fight to win back center store sales and market share from other classes of trade. By Richard Turcsik A War … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 05 Article Archives, Center Store

In the bag

New varieties and flavors, combined with rising consumer interest about its many health benefits, are brewing excitement in the tea aisle. By Richard Turcsik … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 05 Article Archives, Center Store

Healthy, wealthy & wise

Olive oils are bringing health benefits, high margins and renewed interest back to Center Store. By Richard Turcsik Forget the Middle East. The real … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 04 Article Archives, Center Store

Raising a glass

Grocers are adding innovative varietals and tweaking their marketing strategies to draw shoppers to the wine category. By Deena M. Amato-McCoy While wine drinkers … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 04 Article Archives, Center Store

More than just salt of the earth

Spices and seasonings infuse foods with flavor and retailers with profits. By Craig Levitt There is no question that Americans’ palates are be­coming more … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 03 Article Archives, Center Store